People in Your Life


Either Blessings or Lessons...
Which means, either way, they are blessings!

She was a wise woman. We don't always think of Mother Teresa in those terms - wise. We think of her as loving, sacrificial, generous, prophetic, deeply compassionate for the poorest of the poor - and she was all of that.

She was also WISE. It was not the wisdom of book learning, of higher degree learning, of scholarship learning. It was the wisdom of life, of experience, of pain and suffering, of hands on engagement with a broken world. She may have been one of the wisest of our modern times.

People.
Some of them come into your life as a blessing. 
Some of them come into your life as a lesson
. Which means they are also a blessing. For anyone who helps us learn a lesson blesses us.

Even the painful lessons...
the hard lessons...
the unwanted lessons (the ones we need the most, by the way)...
the ongoing, not quickly learned lessons...
the shape our character kind of lessons...
the deepen our trust in God lessons...
the reveal "things are not in our control" lessons...
the "have to forgive" lessons...
the chance to practice the fruit of the Spirit lessons...
the expose personal dysfunction inside me sort of lessons...

When I first read this quote a few days ago, I sat down and considered the people who have been "Lessons Kind of People" in my life. I considered what I had to learn through their presence in my life. What was God teaching me through them, through the way I interacted with them? I find myself smiling, for some of the most important lessons I have learned (okay, partially learned) was through them. This Thanksgiving week of Gratitude, I realized that I was deeply grateful for these Lessons Giving People.

Ready for a twist and turn . . . ? Here is it.

THEN... I had this really odd thought.
I found myself thinking, "Hmmm. I have been a Lessons Kind of Person for Some Others." I was not first or easily or naturally a Blessing for them. I was a Lesson. Wow. That was worth thinking about. But what I didn't think about was whether they learned any lessons. That was not for me to say. Instead, I thought why I was a Lesson and not a Blessing. What was going on in me that I was more a Lesson than a Blessing? What could I learn from that?

As I followed those thoughts, I smiled once again, for the creative, "tricky," illuminating Spirit of God was at work. Coming in through the back door of my reflections... surprising me... enlightening me... loving me... teaching me...

I am deeply blessed by the people in my life. Whether they enter and engage me as immediate Blessing or Lesson, in the end, the Holy Spirit of Jesus causes all things to work together for BLESSING. 

How about the PEOPLE in your life? Who have been the Lesson People and in the end, how were you blessed because of them? And who have you, inadvertently, blessed by being a Lesson Person in their life?

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International
BrianRice@lcileaders.org

LCI - Here to be either a Blessing or a Lesson (we are content to be both)